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Arctic King AC Reviews (Portable & Window)

We reviewed the entire Arctic King AC range. See how different models stack up against each other.

Not very long ago having an air conditioning unit in your home was considered the ultimate luxury, whereas today most Americans would consider air conditioning an absolute necessity.

In fact, according to CityLab, in America, air conditioning units are more common in homes than garages, dishwashers or dining rooms. It’s really no wonder why there are so many different forms of AC units. This article will look at the various window air conditioner and portable air conditioner units available from Arctic King.

1. Arctic King WWK05CM91N

Specification Summary
Type Window
BTU 5,000
Heating No
Cooling Area (Max) 150 sq. ft.
Dimensions 16 x 13.2 x 12.1

If you’re searching for an efficient window air conditioner, look no further than Arctic King WWK05CM91N  Window Air conditioner! The air conditioner provides value for money as it offers a series of excellent features at a great price. The unit’s body is durable and sturdy; plus, it has a superior quality build.

The model is a perfect choice for cooling down a small room that measures no more than 150 square feet. This 5,000 BTU air conditioner won’t be suitable for a large room, but it’s great for small rooms, offices, and dens. It’s energy-efficient with an 11.0 EER, which means cooling a room with this window air conditioner will reduce overall electricity costs.

Compared to central air conditioner or other window air conditioner units, this model is easy to install. You won’t have to significantly modify your existing window frame when you mount the WWK05CM91N into place. The minimum window height required is 13,” and it can fit a width anywhere between 23 and 36 inches. You will need a screwdriver, but that’s about it. Just refer to the easy-to-follow user manual for complete installation steps and use the included mounting accessories.

The model also has washable air filters that require cleaning now and then to ensure proper functioning. The knobs are also easier to use and understand, and they come with two-way air direction to make sure cooling is provided where it is needed most.

As for the cooling features, this model comes with 7 temperature settings, 2 cooling, and fan settings, and 2-way air direction control. The 2-way control doesn’t give you a ton of options on airflow direction, but this isn’t a big deal since this AC is only suitable for small spaces. All of these settings are easy to control with clearly-labeled dials on the front-facing control panel.

The main thing to remember about this unit is that it’s fairly basic – but that’s not always a bad thing. It’s great if you’re looking for something with efficient cooling power for that spare bedroom or small office space, especially if you do not want to break the bank. This AC unit doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles, like a remote control or advanced cooling modes, but it’s solid and dependable.

Overall, the energy efficiency and performance of this model are better than most other window and central air conditioners on the market. Even though it can’t cool large rooms, you can smoothly use it to cool small-to-medium-sized rooms within no time. The model also has a unique installation kit for making installation a breeze.

Pros
  • Easy to use mechanical controls
  • Washable air filter
  • Lightweight and compact, making it easier to install
Cons
  • Can’t cool big rooms
  • Slightly noisier

2. Arctic King AKTW08CR71E

Specification Summary
Type Through the Wall
BTU 8,000
Heating No
Cooling Area (Max) 300 sq. ft.
Dimensions 29.4 x 28.1 x 20.5

Many people visit the market and purchase an air conditioner only when they need to be cooled off. If you need instant satisfaction, a through the wall air conditioner might not be the right fit for you. However, if you have a little bit more time for installation and setup and you’re looking for a more permanent solution to your air conditioning needs, then through the wall air conditioners are a great option.

Our favorite option is the Arctic King AKTW08CR71E. It’s a rather small air conditioner that runs on 8,000 BTUs, so it will cool an area of about 300 square feet (though ideal for a room smaller than that). The air conditioner listed above, though still our favorite, has been updated over the last few months – the newer model is here.

This air conditioner is arguably one of the best Arctic King air conditioner units that homeowners can utilize to cool hot rooms in summer. It’s very compact and lightweight, making it easier to install. Moreover, you can select air conditioning speeds from the three fan speeds available in the remote control.

In addition to that, this through the wall air conditioner is built from galvanized steel, meaning it can shield your air conditioner (both inside and outside) from corrosion. This way, your air conditioner will perform flawlessly and last longer than you could imagine. The air conditioner has a four-way air direction, adjustable as per your needs.

This through the wall air conditioner looks great on paper and will only cost about $68 to run throughout the year, according to its energy star rating pamphlet. Personally speaking though, these small appliances don’t give me the permanent feel that you would expect when literally cutting a hole in your home wall to make it work.

Unless you’re really set on having an AC/heat combo that you can use throughout the year (and you’re willing to replace it with a similar model once it pitters out), I would rather suggest a portable AC unit, or even purchasing a similar model in a window version as a trial to see if you like the product first without making permanent changes to your home.

Overall, if you want a powerful air conditioner with increased energy efficiency, this model is the best bet for you.

Pros
  • Built in timer
  • Slide out chassis
  • Galvanized steel body
Cons
  • Doesn’t have installation kit
  • Only provides one-year warranty

3. Arctic King AC-Heat AKW25ER72N

Specification Summary
Type Through the Wall
BTU 25K (Cooling), 16K (Heating)
Heating Yes
Cooling Area (Max) 1,500 sq. ft.
Dimensions 30.6 x 32.4 x 23.3

If you’re looking for an Arctic King air conditioner that’s capable of both cooling and heating, you’ll want to consider the AKW25ER72N through the wall air conditioner. This 25000 BTU air conditioner isn’t cheap, but it’s powerful and perfectly capable of getting you through the entire year, whether that means cranking on the heat or sitting in front of the AC’s cool breeze.

Another reason for the high cost of the AKW25ER72N air conditioner is the impressive cooling power. It boasts an impressive BTU rating of 25,000 and a heating power of 16,000 BTUs. That means it can handle space of up to 1,500 square feet. You could potentially cool your entire home or apartment with this air conditioner, depending on the square footage and layout.

Because of its high-power rating, you won’t be able to plug this air conditioner into the standard 115V outlet – it requires a 208V plug, so keep this in mind before purchasing. The other minor drawbacks are the heavy design and somewhat challenging installation. It requires a through-the-wall installation, which isn’t as simple as window mounting an AC. Because of the heavy design, many homeowners choose to hire a professional for installation.

The AKW25ER72N air conditioner comes with tons of settings, so you can control much more than just “cool” and “heat” modes. It also comes with Auto, Dry, and Sleep modes as well as a Check Filter indicator. There’s also an Energy Saver mode and options for multiple fan speeds.

With the help of an LED display and 4-way air direction, you can adequately cool the right spot. The air conditioner is also extremely quiet and doesn’t disturb you in sleeping. Not to mention, the model has an excellent ventilation system and ensures the bad odors are discharged. If you’re looking for a more advanced climate control solution, the AKW25ER72N is an excellent choice.

Believe it or not, it’s a great AC to purchase if you want a high-performing, high-end air conditioner for your house or office.

Pros
  • Washable air filter
  • Galvanized steel
  • Exhaust vent is included
  • Slide out chassis
Cons
  • Some users find it extremely hard to locate male plug

4. Arctic King WPPH-08CR5

Specification Summary
Type Portable
BTU 8,000
Heating No
Cooling Area (Max) 250 sq. ft.
Dimensions 14 x 13.6 x 27.7

Not every homeowner is onboard with installing an AC, even if it only calls for simple window-mounting installation. Portable air conditioner units such as WPPH-08CR5 are loved for the fact that they are, well, portable. This portable air conditioner is easy to move from room to room, plus there’s essentially no installation required.

This 8000 BTU air conditioner can cool a space of 250 square feet (great for a master bedroom). It’s somewhat energy efficient with an EER of 9.0, and it comes with a remote control so that you can maintain your ideal temperature from anywhere in the room. The only installation that’s required with this portable air conditioner is dealing with a bit of ducting, but it can be set up in about 10 minutes.

This energy-efficient portable air conditioner comes with all the bells and whistles that basic window units are missing. You’ll be able to enjoy a 24-hour timer, an auto-restart function, and modes for Cool, Fan, and Dry. There are 2 fan speeds (High and Low), and changing between settings and modes is super simple with the easy-to-use control panel.

Another great feature of the WPPH-08CR5 portable air conditioner is that it’s designed for quiet cooling. The manufacturer has specifically focused on a low-noise design with this air conditioner, even on the highest setting. The main downside is that this product is Renewed, but it still comes with a renewal warranty for returns within 90 days.

Overall, if you want the best Arctic King air conditioner with an extended warranty and improved energy efficiency, look no further than this portable air conditioner. It’s simple to use and operate; plus, its settings are simple to understand. The model runs smoothly and is exceptionally calm.

Pros
  • Energy efficient
  • Auto restart function
  • Easy operation
  • Lower noise
Cons
  • Requires a stable hose
  • Vent hose should be bigger

Who Makes Arctic King Air Conditioners?

Arctic King Air Conditioners are made by Midea, a Southern Chinese corporation that specializes in air treatment, refrigeration, and small appliances. The company has been around since 1968 but was first listed as a Fortune 500 Company in July of 2016.

Midea has over 100,000 employees in more than 200 countries. Their estimated annual global revenue is listed as more than 22 billion USD. Their promise to consumers is

to provide surprisingly-friendly solutions for the one who treasure those tiny moments at home

Arctic King AC Reviews

Arctic King ACs Compared

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Arctic King WWK05CM01N Window Air...
Arctic King AKTW08CR71E Air Conditioners,...
Arctic King Ac-Heat 25K 208V
Arctic King 8,000 BTU Portable Air...
Model
Arctic King WWK05CM01N Window Air...
Arctic King AKTW08CR71E Air Conditioners,...
Arctic King Ac-Heat 25K 208V
Arctic King 8,000 BTU Portable Air...
Type
Window
Through the Wall
Through the Wall
Portable
BTU
5,000
8,000
25K (Cooling), 16K (Heating)
8,000
Heat
No
No
Yes
No
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Arctic King WWK05CM01N Window Air...
Model
Arctic King WWK05CM01N Window Air...
Type
Window
BTU
5,000
Heat
No
Price
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Arctic King AKTW08CR71E Air Conditioners,...
Model
Arctic King AKTW08CR71E Air Conditioners,...
Type
Through the Wall
BTU
8,000
Heat
No
Price
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Arctic King Ac-Heat 25K 208V
Model
Arctic King Ac-Heat 25K 208V
Type
Through the Wall
BTU
25K (Cooling), 16K (Heating)
Heat
Yes
Price
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Arctic King 8,000 BTU Portable Air...
Model
Arctic King 8,000 BTU Portable Air...
Type
Portable
BTU
8,000
Heat
No
Price

Arctic King AC Range Explained

The Arctic King carries several types of air conditioner units based on consumer’s wants and specific needs. Window air conditioners are small box units that fit directly into a window.

Through the wall units are similar to window air conditioner units but are installed within a hole in the wall. Many of these options are more permanent and some also provide heat in addition to cooling.

Portable air conditioner units (or tower units) are larger options that are often on wheels. They have a small vent on the back that exhausts through a window. And slide casement units are also installed in windows – they are specially made for windows that open to the side or slide open.

More Features of Arctic King AC Units

Various air conditioners from Arctic have additional features, but you will need to check each individual item to see which features are available. Here are some of the items you might see explained:

24 Hour Timer

The 24-hour timer is designed so that you can set the air conditioner to cool a room before you get home so that you can start feeling maximum comfort right away.

4-Way Fan Direction

The fans within the model are completely customizable to allow you to choose in which direction the airflow goes for optimal comfort.

Energy Saving Mode

This mode works by using the compressor in short spurts while sleep maximizing the fan usage to save energy. Instead of constantly running, the fan will run for 2 minutes within each 10-minute time period until the room temperature is above the air conditioner set temperature. Then the compressor will start the air conditioner again.

Heating Capabilities

Many through the wall air conditioners also have heating capabilities, which means that you’ll be able to use them all year round.

LED Remote Control

Adjust the temperature of your window air conditioner from across the room without getting up. Battery operated remotes light up – ideal for keeping bedside for when you need to adjust the temperature in the middle of the night.

Sleep Mode

Using sleep mode will increase the set temperature by 2 degrees Fahrenheit 30 minutes after it is accessed and another 2 degrees Fahrenheit 30 minutes after the first increase. This new number will then hold for a 7-hour period. For example, if you initiate sleep mode at 70 degrees, then after 30 minutes the new setting will be 72 and after an additional 30 minutes, the new setting will be 74, which will be held for 7 hours.

Washable Filter

An eco-friendly way to keep your AC unit clean, the filter can be removed and is completely washable and reusable.

Related ArticleHow to Clean AC Filter

Comparing Arctic King with Similar AC Brands

Fortunately, we’ve had the benefit of being able to review many air conditioning units over the years to help you find just the right system for your personal needs. Below we compare the Arctic King air conditioner units to some of our favorite products:

Arctic King Vs Haier (ESAQ406T)

When it comes to quiet window air conditioner units, you’re not likely to find a better product than the Haier ESAQ406T.

It has a built-in compressor “blanket” that reduces noise, and at just 43 dBs on the low speed it’s 10+ decibels quieter than the average Arctic King model.

The Haier version is just over 55 pounds, so it’s slightly bulkier than many of the Arctic King versions – something to keep into consideration if you have trouble lifting heavy objects or will be installing the model by yourself.

Related ArticleHaier AC Reviews

Arctic King Vs GE (AHM06LW)

This GE window air conditioner is listed by Consumer Reports as one of these highest rated window air conditioners.

It’s about 52 pounds, which means it’s about 10 lbs heavier than the compared Arctic King brand, but the price point is still about the same and the reviews are nearly all positive.

Arctic King Vs hOmeLabs

Another very basic window air conditioner is the hOmeLabs 5,000 – a lightweight air conditioner ideal for the first-time user.

At just 36 pounds it’s very similar in weight to many of the Arctic King air conditioners of the same size.

Price-wise the two models are also very similar. We love the hOmeLabs version for its antibacterial filter that can be washed once a month for optimal clean airflow.

Window vs Through the Wall Air Conditioners

‘Window’ AC units and ‘Through the Wall’ Air Conditioners are very similar in both size and function as they work in almost identical ways. The difference is that through the wall units are built-in. A hole is created in the wall to match the size of the AC unit and create a snug, air-tight fit. For this reason, through the wall option is much more energy-efficient because window units often don’t fit perfectly and allow air to escape, etc.

It might be easy to assume that because window units and through the wall units are so similar in function that they would be interchangeable, and this couldn’t be further from the truth. The main difference between the two types of units is that window ACs vent from the sides and back, whereas through the wall units vent from the back only. Installing a window air conditioner in your home wall would not only cause hot air to vent into your insulation and walls but would make the unit quickly overheat and break.

Because through-the-wall options are often more permanent than window units, many models on the market today now also create heat, which is a nice bonus during the cooler months. This will help offset the additional cost from the extra installation (creating a hole in your wall and installing a permanent sleeve).

Related ArticleThrough the Wall Vs Window AC

British Thermal Units (BTU) Explained

British Thermal Units (or BTUs, as they are often listed) are universally what most air conditioning units run on, and the number represents how much heat the unit will be able to take out of the air (the opposite is true for heater units).

When you are shopping for an AC it is very important to know the size of the area you would like to be cooling, as the number of BTUs you will need will vary greatly. The Arctic King has AC units ranging from 5,000 BTUs (150 square feet) to 18,000 BTUs (1,000 square feet).

Cooling Area

To get the right AC unit for your space, you’ll need to measure the square footage of your room. To do this, measure the length of your room by the width of the room. For example, a room 10 feet long by 12 feet wide would be 10 X 12=120 square feet. A room 22 feet long by 17 feet wide would be 22 X 17=374 square feet.

If the room you’re measuring is open to other rooms or is not well insulated, you will need to take this into account and figure in extra space in your estimate. Once you have your square footage, you can easily see how many BTUs you’ll require. For the Arctic King brand, follow these guidelines:

 

BTUs Square Feet
5,000 150 Sq. Ft.
8,000 250 Sq. Ft.
10,000 450 Sq. Ft.
12,000 350 Sq. Ft.
14,000 400 Sq. Ft.
18,000 1,000 Sq. Ft

Related ArticleWhich Size of AC Do I Need?

Arctic King Troubleshooting

Many of the problems that people face with their Arctic King AC units come from not properly maintaining them over time. Just like other home appliances, AC units (especially ones with direct access to the outdoors like window units or through the wall units) need regular maintenance.

This YouTube video by Meteorology Lab shows you just how much dirt and grime can build up in a window unit in just a year’s time, and how you can properly clean it out.

Unfortunately, many of the other troubleshooting complaints with the Arctic King brand come from specific parts breaking and the near impossibility of being able to find replacement parts. With the Arctic King being a bit of a budget brand, if your system breaks after several years of use it might be time for an upgrade.

Conclusion

Arctic King AC units are decent air conditioners, especially if you’re on a budget and need AC fast. For small rooms, we recommend the Arctic King 5,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner. This very basic system might be missing the bells and whistles that a lot of AC units have today, but it will get the job done, especially if you’re in a bind or need temporary cooling while your house unit is in disrepair.

Our Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Last Updated on July 8, 2022

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